B I O
On October 7, 1984 in Houston, TX, Christopher Letchford began playing music at the age of 8 on saxophone, later leading on to bass and then guitar by age 13.
Chris currently has a signature guitar with Kiesel Guitars, available in 6, 7 or 8 string. You can read more about it or purchase one with tons of custom options and finishes HERE
CLINICIAN • BOOKS • DVDS
Chris has been a teacher and clinician for the past 11 years as well as released many instructional books & DVD’s, one with Hal Leonard. He also has instructional videos up via his youtube channel HERE and via the bands Youtube channel HERE
“Progressive Rock Guitar Licks” Book/DVD
“CL’s Guitar Technique Book”
“Guide To Tapping” Book
“Guitar Technique 360˙” Book
“Guide To Setups and Maintenance for 6,7, & 8 String Guitar & Bass” Book
ALL Available HERE in print or digital format
SESSION / GUEST MUSICIAN
Chris has guest solos on Volumes “Via”, Plini’s “The End Of Everything” and Widek “Journey To The Stars”.
S C A L E T H E S U M M I T
Chris formed his instrumental band Scale The Summit in 2005 while attending Musicians Institute, since then they have released 6 studio albums, their most current “IN A WORLD OF FEAR” which came out May 2017. WEBSITE
Chris tours full time his band Scale the Summit. Scale The Summit has had the pleasure of touring with Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, YES, Cynic, Devin Townsend, Between The Buried and Me, Fair To Midland, Periphery, 3, and Protest The Hero, to name a few.
Chris has released two solo albums. The first was “LIGHTBOX”, a jazz fusion instrumental album featuring members of The Reign Of Kindo (Steven Padin on drums and piano, Daniel Pizarro piano), Evan Brewer (The Faceless, Animosity) on bass. His second solo album was ISLNDS, an all acoustic guitar instrumental album featuring two guest vocalists Joey from The Reign Of Kindo and Ashe O'Hara (ex-Tesseract).
PUBLICATIONS & AWARDS
Chris has been featured in Guitar World Magazine 4 times, has written a lesson column in Premier Guitar Magazine, featured in Total Guitar Magazine, Prog Rock Magazine, Revolver Magazine, and more.
2011: LA Weekly named Chris Letchford #3 best metal guitarist under the age of 30.
2011: Metalsucks.net names Chris in their top 25 best modern metal guitarists.
2017: Music Radar names Chris in the top 12 best Prog Guitarists in the world.
Chris currently endorse’s Kiesel Guitars, Yamaha Acoustic Guitars, Jim Dunlop Guitar Picks & Strings, Line 6 Helix, EVH cabs, and Sea & Sky Clothing.
Chris has acquired over 6 years of private guitar lessons, which were followed by enrollment in the Musicians Institute located in Los Angeles, CA as a GIT guitar major and in the GCA program. While in GCA, he learned how to construct and build his own custom, handmade guitars. He has also attended Berklee College of Music and Houston Community College as a music major.